POSITIVE ACTIVISM

Posted on May 2, 2012

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This is a combo post of three things that have all come together.

First, up a great article commenting on Ghana’s nemesis. WHAT A RANT! In a nutshell, Ghana’s lack of development results from the corruption of public officials which is the result of the Ghanaian people suffering in silence and NOT protesting!

Bang on!

But why? subject for a lot more posts because there are so many factors…primary being fear and insecurity…

Next item comes from the Concordia University Magazine sent out to alumni of the university. I’ve been getting it for years ans how I enjoy reading the CELEBRATION of successes and accomplishments of the university and its grads. One section is called “CLASS ACTS” and one description particularly caught my eye:

“53 Peter Silverman, S BA. began his journalism career in 1974 at Global Television in Toronto. In 1981, he moved to the CityPulse business segment “CityBiz” on Citytv and in 1989 became ombudsman through his “Silverman Helps” segment. Over the next 20 years, he and his team handled in excess of 20,000 consumer complaints a year, most of which they were able to resolve. “Silverman Helps” garnered a number of awards and Peter was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2009. He also wrote several books including “Who Speaks for the Children?” to commemorate the International Year of the Child in 1978. He holds an MA from the University of British Columbia, a PhD in History from the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Native Law and Administration from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Peter and his wife of 40 years live in Toronto and have twin daughters and three grandchildren.”

WOW! Is Silverman ever needed here and the systems that he used to create his enormous impact.

And third, an old friend of our son’s and my facebook friend Alex, an activist himself, posted this on his facebook page.

Here’s how Alex prefaced the article:

“It’s amazing what marketing can do. It can actually make you think that something is healthy when it is not. It’s kinda of the political marketing machines in Quebec that make us think that it’s OK to be treated like second class citizens even though most of us speak and are comfortable in French. Just amazing!”

and here’s madinghana’s response to the Nutella article:

“Christopher Scott Here in Ghana, the local equivalent is Chocolate Delight Spread…chalk full of peanut butter but no indication except in small print!”

Yeah, we have a long way to go in Ghana, but often I think we have gone too far too fast that things are irreversible…this society is out of control…perhaps the world is?????

And in case you were wondering what the Class Acts from the Concordia University Magazine said about Christopher Scott B.A. 69:

“Christopher Scott has resigned from his position at the Protestant Education Service of the Ministry of Education and is now in ‘voluntary social activism’. Christopher is married and has two children.”

….subject of another post, NO, another blog!

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